As you are likely to be aware Issue 9 of the STS Standard is currently UKAS accredited. This week STS published issue 10 of the Standard (which UKAS have assessed and are agreeable with) which they shall audit against as of 1st January. Using the button below you can download the 3 versions of the Standard: Food manufacturers/Storage & Distribution/Buyers and Brokers. Please also find attached a list of updates, including clauses with regard to Listeria.
Listeria Protocol and notifications
Also available on the download is Issue 2 of the Listeria protocol and notification form. The protocol has been updated to include requirements for test methods. NHS Trusts who procure via the organisations whom STS undertake supplier assessment for (or Trusts for whom STS provide supplier assessment service for direct), are to be encouraged to notify STS proactively of any L.monocytogenes that they detect in samples of food supplied. STS can then help make sure the detection is promptly and robustly managed by the supplier.
The STS Standard sets out robust standards and requires these to be implemented and maintained on a day to day basis. STS do undertake some unannounced audits of suppliers, however due to COVID-19 as with BRCGS and GFSI audits these have had to be temporarily suspended. As with the BRCGS and GFSI, they are currently reviewing their position with regard to unannounced audits. STS will be happy to share their plans for 2021 with you.
Support for hospitals
From their experience and knowledge gained from working with Trusts, and in line with FSA listeriosis guidance, the STS consultancy team have devised a poster which is also on the download, to any trusts who may find it helpful to raise awareness amongst their teams.
The Listeriosis e-learning course for hospitals that they released free for a 3 month over lockdown was taken up by over 50 hospitals and over 800 licenses distributed. This course is designed for managers and supervisors – we will produce a food handlers version to further raise awareness.
Click the following link for further information: https://www.elas.uk.com/product/listeria-in-healthcare-course
Download all of the STS Update info